5 things you need to do before putting your house on the market

Looking to make your home irresistible to buyers? Go above and beyond to make your home the tidiest, cleanest and most clutter-free it's ever been.

With the arrival of Spring giving a fillip to the housing market, many of us will be thinking about a move and wanting our house to look as good as possible.

Preparing your home for sale is about far more than fresh flowers and ensuring there's a loaf of bread baking in the oven; it takes thought, time and a bit of design flair to create a look that is a magnet to potential buyers.

Here is Homes & Gardens' list of five ways to make your home irresistible to buyers.

1. Declutter

It is hard to emphasise how important this is; rooms that
aren't piled high with papers, decorative objects, toys and clothes look
bigger and more stylish. If storage is a problem, rent a lock up unit
at a self storage facility such as Big Yellow
where you can banish extraneous furniture, clothes etc. Rearrange what's
left to look smart and stylish.

Living room with white walls and streamlined furniture

(Image credit: Mel Yates)

2. Clean

Any room looks better when it is clean. But this job is about much more
than just dusting; shampoo carpets, polish windows, hunt down cob webs,
wipe the tops of picture rails, empty cupboards. A clean house, doesn't
just look better it smells fresher too.

Old-fashioned shoe rack near a wooden staircase

(Image credit: TBC)

3. Fix & Patch

Fix & patch chipped paintwork, wobbling light switches and creaking
floorboards all create an impression of an unloved house; sorting them
out won't require much time.

Decorate your kitchen with white and modern white appliances

(Image credit: David Giles)

4. Monitor the temperature

Make sure that temperature is
neither too cold, nor too stuffy. If possible, completely air the
property couple of hours before a viewing and then set to an ideal

An organized, clutter-free bedroom

(Image credit: Future PLC/Emma Lee)

5. Don't forget the garden

Whatever the season, it is
important that the garden looks tidy, front as well as back. In the same
way that the inside of the house should be decluttered, so should the

An outdoor seating area in the garden

(Image credit: Future PLC/Annaick Guitteny)

For more expert advice, have a look at HousetoHome's tips for boosting your kerb appeal.


Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.